Thought of
the week.

THOUGHT OF THE WEEK – 08.09.23

By Asher Gottesman

The antidote to sadness isn’t happiness, it’s joy; it’s finding a way to celebrate the wins amongst the losses and embracing the sunshine amongst the storms. It’s a way to appreciate all the good this world has to offer, even though it’s much easier to focus on the bad. I…

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THOUGHT OF THE WEEK – 08.05.23

By Asher Gottesman

I just got back from a truly magnificent vacation. I had a wonderful time, however my inability to turn off my mind, disconnect from my electronics, and escape my anxiety distracted me from being present, making it difficult for me to fully enjoy the experience. I find that when I’m…

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THOUGHT OF THE WEEK – 07.28.23

By Asher Gottesman

“What makes Abrahamic monotheism different is that it believes there is an answer to the question, why. Neither the universe nor human life is meaningless, an accident, a mere happenstance. As Freud, Einstein, and Wittgenstein all said, religious faith is faith in the meaningfulness of life.” -The Great Partnership from…

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THOUGHT OF THE WEEK – 07.21.23

By Asher Gottesman

Hindsight is always twenty-twenty. Many have been asked in their old age, what is important to them? Most people have shared, family, friendship, and service. In addition, most who have been asked if they would have lived their lives differently answer, “Yes, I wouldn’t work so much, I would spend…

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THOUGHT OF THE WEEK – 07.14.23

By Asher Gottesman

Individual rights versus communal rights is a topic that has been on my mind lately. The one that challenges me quite a bit personally is forcing people with mental health challenges to take medication. On the one hand, when someone who has challenges is medicated, they make better decisions, especially…

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THOUGHT OF THE WEEK – 07.07.23

By Asher Gottesman

Leadership, morality, ethics and beliefs are not always transmitted to the next generation by example. We can be great leaders, we can be moral, and we can be ethical; however, if we don’t spend time with our children and we aren’t present for the next generation, it isn’t a given…

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THOUGHT OF THE WEEK – 06.30.23

By Asher Gottesman

For most of my life I have put people on pedestals, only to knock them off when they behaved as humans do. Additionally, I have watched how dangerous it is to be a leader who assumes the role and puts themselves on a pedestal. I have spent many years soul…

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THOUGHT OF THE WEEK – 06.23.23

By Asher Gottesman

In the Torah portion of the week, we discuss the revolt of Korach against Moses. Korach was upset that he didn’t have a grander leadership role, and he also accused Moses of nepotism because Moses gave his brother and nephews priestly roles. Korah sought out others who had grievances as…

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THOUGHT OF THE WEEK – 06.18.23

By Asher Gottesman

The Torah shares a wild story of ten men, all of status, humility, and integrity. These men are respected by all as devout and faithful to God, and are chosen to check out the promised land of Israel and report back on their findings. Instead of returning and reporting positively…

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THOUGHT OF THE WEEK – 06.09.23

By Asher Gottesman

This is a very sensitive topic, yet I think it’s really important to discuss, and even more important, to take the needed action. I’m a part of a mental health community striving to help people help themselves, and I believe we have failed miserably when it comes to treating suicide.…

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